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    Northern Highlands
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    Highland Railway, Far North Line, micro models and dioramas, kit bashing and scratchbuilding in paper and card. Other interests include gardening, walking, reading and creating miniature textiles, embroidery, patchwork.

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  1. I think this is an excellent model making challenge, Oliver and Luke. Don’t think I’ll manage to take part this time, but look forward to seeing all the entries on 20th May! Good luck everyone! Marlyn
  2. Thanks ‘ScottishLocos’ - I have been working hard in the garden this last while, so modelling has come to a bit of a standstill. Will definitely purchase some T scale rolling stock and attempt to customise. I don’t have a 3D printer, but there are a few modellers up my way, who might be able to help. Marlyn
  3. I have not been on the forum for a while, Job! But delighted to see more of your school project. Lovely modelling, as always! Marlyn
  4. You are probably right, Job! In a small school the teacher would probably have looked after the buildings, perhaps with help from a local cleaning lady?
  5. I like the way you experiment with different materials, Stu! For rough stone walls on one of my models I used the technique on ‘Mouldy Raspberry’ s Yorkshire Dales layout - the cat litter was very cheap and the process was quite messy, so recommend doing the walls before painting, if possible! https://youtu.be/F5mkiT0gNuQ
  6. Brrr... memories of outdoor school toilets in the winters of the 1950s! Frozen pipes and and a mad dash through icy winds. No lingering!! Lovely details, maybe have the school janitor nearby with a bucket and mop? Marlyn
  7. Thanks, Tony, Paul & Kevin! Will post a mock up shortly! Marlyn
  8. Hi Job - Yes, we are fine here in the Northern Highlands. Plenty of jobs to be done in our garden, we are lucky to be surrounded by open fields and the local village shops are delivering our weekly supplies! Hope you are keeping well too? Marlyn
  9. What a great idea and a fun way to share your interest with your daughter! Marlyn
  10. Great to see what everyone has been up to recently. I have been so bogged down with domestic chores, during this crisis, that my model making has taken a back seat. As I am no longer able to go down to Carrbridge for reference photos, I will make a start using whatever I can find online. Must see if one of the railway societies has a drawing of the station building plans and elevations? Marlyn
  11. Another fascinating project, Job. Most of my archive photos are of interiors of old Scottish schools! Many schoolrooms had a map of the world, which was like oilskin on a linen backing. This little book has a chapter on Victorian schools... Will post anything I find. Look forward to hearing your background story. Marlyn
  12. Love your clever technique for the bunker interior, Callum!
  13. The thing that got me into model railways was helping my young brother design his layout in the 1960s. My basic Helix school geometry set was all I had, but I quite enjoyed it and afterwards we both planned layouts we could never afford! The drawing desk with parallel motion rule was what I used before computers became generally available with creative software. I still start off with a rough pencil drawing, gather together reference material and photos, then plan out possible track options in AnyRail. For buildings, I like to plan out the basic dimensions by hand, and then go to the computer if I want a coloured paper kit which can be printed out then assembled. The pencil, rubber, and a small drawing board are still essential items in my workshop!
  14. Great suggestions Stubby and Jerry! I’ll look at a couple of options. Rolling stock is quite limited in this range, but will see what is possible. I like a challenge! Marlyn
  15. I haven’t given up on the possibility of producing a small layout based on one of the old Edinburgh stations from the 1950s/1960s. Although I have already located most of the reference photographs available, last weekend I found a second hand copy of ‘Edinburgh’s Last Days of Steam’ in Caledonia Books, Kelvin Bridge, Glasgow!
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